It’s not surprising that man’s best friend has assisted the military in many ways. Starting with WWI,dogs, mainly German Shepherds, have been used as scouts, trackers, sentries, and for the detection of mines and booby traps.
The United States War Dogs Association tells the stories of these dogs who have been used in the military in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Gulf. These courageous dogs, and their handlers, performed extremely dangerous duty but their contributions are often overlooked.
Canine Wall of Honor
If you would like to read more of their touching stories the US War Dogs Association has a K-9 Wall of Honor. There are several organizations that now provide service dogs for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. These dogs have been specially trained to assist these disabled American veterans. Canines For Combat Veterans trains dog to help combat veterans with disabilities become more independent. They often help in the transitioning to prosthetics, and assist by providing balance. Hero Dogs is another such organization.
Often times these dogs provide emotional support as well by opening doors in both the literal and figurative sense.
So on this Memorial Day 2010, let’s remember the thousands of dogs who have been effective in keeping our country and servicemen safe as well as those special dogs who support our returning disabled veterans!
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